Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 4K Restoration
review by Bobby Blakey
Long before she was getting the well-deserved recognition for her film Everything Everywhere All At Once, Michelle Yeoh was kicking major ass in the martial arts world. In 2000 she teamed up with international action star Chow-Yun Fat and Zhang Zi Yi for the wuxia film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee with fight choreography by the great Yuen Wo Ping. Now the film is getting an all-new theatrical release featuring new 4K restoration.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon follows two master warriors who are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face to face with their worst enemy- and the inescapable, enduring power of love set against 19th-century China’s breathtaking landscape.
I was already a fan of the wuxia genre, but when this film hit theaters I was not only mesmerized by its beauty and action, but so happy to see the genre getting the recognition it deserves. This film is one that could just be looked at as another martial arts action flick, but it is actually so much more. The entire base of this film is the love story along with the legend of this sword. Bringing these elements together sets up all the depth, love, betrayal, beauty and action fans could want in the most brilliant piece of cinema.
I love this movie on every level of course most notably the insanely awesome fight choreography throughout that set a new bar for action at the time. Prior to this one we just didn’t get films like this recognized by the masses and this one opened doors like only it could. The performances are outstanding, the visuals are vibrant and beautiful, the action is a choreographed masterpiece and the love story will pull at your heartstrings making it a masterpiece that stands the test of time.